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Description

Detailed regional map of southern Italy and Sicily, published in London by Emanuel Bowen in the mid-18th century for his A Complete System of Geography.

The map shows the region which formed part of the Kingdom of Naples and Sicily, one of the most important powers on the Italian Peninsula during the second millennium. At the time of this map's creation, the Kingdom had recently become a part of the Bourbon dynasty of Spain, having passed from Hapsburg control.

The map is highly decorative, with a cartouche showing an aqueduct and a compass rose. Many cities, towns, and rivers are named, and topography and roads are represented.

Emanuel Bowen Biography

Emanuel Bowen (1694?-1767) was a British engraver and print seller. He was most well-known for his atlases and county maps. Although he died in poverty, he was widely acknowledged for his expertise and was appointed as mapmaker to both George II of England and Louis XV of France. His business was carried on by his son, Thomas Bowen. He also trained many apprentices, two of whom became prominent mapmakers, Thomas Kitchin and Thomas Jeffreys.